Solar Atmospheres, Inc. has long been a model of innovation and leadership in the heat treating industry. As long-time members of the Metal Treating Institute (MTI), Solar employees are actively involved in the many programs available through the Institute. Recently, MTI recognized three Solar employees for their commitment to MTI.
On October 5, Bob Hill, president of Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, was honored with the prestigious M. Lance Miller Legend Award, in recognition of his leadership and lifetime commitment to the heat treating industry and MTI.
Hill received the award in absentia, thanking fellow nominees, those who nominated him, and all MTI members in a videotaped acceptance speech. Said Hill of the honor: “Life is never boring as a commercial heat treater, and that’s why, after 43 years, I can honestly say I still enjoy being a part of this unique industry. It means so much that I’ve been honored with the M. Lance Miller Award.”
Hill’s heat treating career began in 1980 when he joined Precision Heat Treating, Inc. as vice president. Hill moved on to Solar Atmospheres of Souderton PA in 1995. Within five years, Hill was promoted to president, to head Solar’s newest venture 370 miles away in Western PA.
In addition to Hill’s involvement with MTI, two other employees from the Solar Family of Companies – Patrick Reilly and John Hahn – are recent graduates from YES, MTI’s Leadership Training Program.
According to MTI’s website, “The YES Management Training Program is a 10 month program where 30+ MTI Member owners, executives, and managers of ‘all’ ages attend four training sessions. The YES program is for ... an employee who is aiming for the next level in his/her personal growth ...”
The Solar Family of Companies congratulates Bob Hill, as well as Patrick Reilly and John Hahn, on their achievements.